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    More tongue please

    After reading how a longer tongue improves handling performance, I purchased a 2X2X60X3/16th inch piece of square aluminum tubing via the internet. Arrived in record speed and I plan on removing the bolt on center piece of the tongue on my Aspen Classic, which is 42" and replacing with the 60" tube. That should steady up the trailer real nice.

    The install should be pretty easy, but I'm wondering how to paint the new pole, since it's aluminum. From what I read one can't just spay a can of Krylon on the aluminum and expect it to stick.

    After a bit of Googling I came up with this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_6760636_pain...m-vinegar.html that explains how to etch the aluminum in order to help the metal hold the paint. I could always just bolt on the unpainted pole, but that would be pretty ugly.

    I know some of you have extended your trailer hitch with aluminum tubing, but what did you do to properly apply a finish? Or did you?

    p.s. The new pole - all five feet - only weighs in around eleven pounds. Might need to add extra adult sparkling beverages to the cooler for ballast
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    Re: More tongue please

    I had some aluminum trim I had to paint to match my building. I used vinegar to clean it, then a rattle can of aluminum primer and then regular exterior grade paint over it. It has been a year and it worked fine.

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    Re: More tongue please

    You can get self etching primer that will etch the metal befor painting.

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    Re: More tongue please

    I used steel tubing when I did mine.there is a aluminum prep made to use on aluminum before painting. also etching primer should work as well.

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    Re: More tongue please

    You could also polish it! Polished aluminum can be as bright as chrome! Here is an example of when I did my bike forks:

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    Re: More tongue please

    Don't forget, Bob .... you'll have to splice into your trailer side wiring harness to add extra length to it as well!
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    Re: More tongue please

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Boots View Post
    Don't forget, Bob .... you'll have to splice into your trailer side wiring harness to add extra length to it as well!
    Yup, that's one of the reasons why I have been procrastinating this job. That and being lazy ) The wiring extension and tongue mounting should be a piece of cake.

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    Re: More tongue please

    Quote Originally Posted by mcgovern61 View Post
    You could also polish it! Polished aluminum can be as bright as chrome! Here is an example of when I did my bike forks:

    That's a neat idea, but might look a bit weird with a shiny pole sticking out up front. I had an old Matchless bike that had lots of aluminum. Kept me busy on winter nights rubbing with Simi-Chrome. Wonder if they still make that stuff...

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    Re: More tongue please

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryinSeattle View Post
    I had some aluminum trim I had to paint to match my building. I used vinegar to clean it, then a rattle can of aluminum primer and then regular exterior grade paint over it. It has been a year and it worked fine.
    That's my plan Larry. Vinegar for cleaning and etching and then a good etching primer and exterior paint. Want this to be a one-time job. Thanks

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    Re: More tongue please

    I got more tongue. Even just today. I have a Mity Mite and went from 52" to 72". Has first coat of paint on it, and will install it Friday. Already have the wiring done.

    What I need to do now is get inside and see if I can find the heads of the bolts. I think just stabbing down through the carpet, I surely should be able to hit the heads of the bolts.

    I used 1/8" wall, 2" X 2" steel tubing.

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